Cattle & Cane
Led by siblings Joe and Helen Hammill, Cattle & Cane have the ability to shift even the hardest of hearts with their perfect, soaring harmonies. Produced by Luuk Cox at ICP Studios in Brussels and mastered by Frank Arkwright (Arcade Fire, Coldplay, New Order) at Abbey Road Studios in London, sophomore album 'Mirrors' (2017) showcases the band's stunning songwriting and has earned comparisons to everybody from 10CC to Laurel to Lanterns On The Lake.
Very much a family affair, Joe and Helen are joined by their brothers Fran (keyboards & backing vocals) and Vin Hammill (bass), along with close friend Tom Chapman on drums. Joe, Helen, Fran and Vin grew up listening to a lot of different music at home and that upbringing has undoubtedly helped shape the band's sound. "I remember listening to lots of 70s stuff like Gerry Rafferty, Steely Dan, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell and still love all that stuff now. I absolutely loved - and still do - Sinatra. The songwriters, arrangements and his voice are just incredible and still stand out today," said Joe.
"My favourite era is the 60s - I love Bridget Bardot, Pattie Boyd, Jane Birkin, the Supremes and anyone that wore their hair big and skirts short! They look so glamourous, yet effortless. Musically, I've always been a big Fleetwood Mac and Beatles fan," explained Helen. Although the 60s and 70s influences add a sepia-tinted, timeless quality to Cattle & Cane's music, the vision of producer Luuk Cox ensured that 'Mirrors' has its heart and soul firmly in the present day.
With extensive support from BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 6 Music and Amazing Radio, Cattle & Cane have been heavily championed by the BBC Introducing team and have performed on their stages at T In The Park and BBC Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. The first single from 'Mirrors', '7 Hours', clocked up over 600,000 streams within 4 months of its release, not to mention numerous radio plays from long time champion Dermot O'Leary - who previously showcased the band on his 'Saturday Sessions' compilation following a beautiful live session on his show.
With features from the likes of Q, the Independent and Channel 4's Sunday Brunch, as well as tours with Seattle's The Head and The Heart and Montreal's Half Moon Run, Cattle & Cane have built up a loyal and passionate following – a fan-base that helped propel their debut album 'Home' into the top 30 of the Official UK Independent Album Chart in September 2015, sandwiched between Adele and Arctic Monkeys no less.
Last year saw Cattle & Cane perform at acclaimed tastemaker events such as Reeperbahn Festival, Live At Leeds and Evolution Emerging, as well as at some of the UK's finest boutique festivals including Cornbury, Deer Shed and Bingley Music Live. The band also toured abroad for the first time with gigs in Germany, Malta and Belgium, while a sold-out 1000 capacity show at The Middlesbrough Empire ensured a triumphant finale to 2016.
Wasting no time in making their mark on 2017, Cattle & Cane partnered up with Barbour International for a live session and website feature around the release of new track 'Make Your Vision', which was also quick to gain attention from tastemakers such as 1883 Magazine, Too Many Blogs and Unsigned Music Awards. With the release of 'Mirrors' and the infectious fan-favourite 'Fool For You', Cattle & Cane's ubiquity in their native North East looks set to spread far and wide in 2017.
"That was awesome!" - Dermot O'Leary (BBC Radio 2)
"Gorgeous, soaring, folk-pop anthems for passionate souls" - A Music Blog, Yea?
"C&C's uplifting vocals build to the climax with subtlety and real emotion" - The Independent
"A crisp new pop belter to raise expectations... All taut energy and lucid colour, it's an instantly infectious gem" - Clash
"Brings to mind the anthemic autumnal vibe of Bastille while nodding heads to more classic artists like Fleetwood Mac" - Gigsoup
|15 Apr 17||Stockton Calling||Stockton, UK|
|02 May 17||Buyers Club||Liverpool, UK|
|03 May 17||King Tuts||Glasgow, UK|
|04 May 17||Sage 2||Gateshead, UK|
|05 May 17||The Flapper||Birmingham, UK|
|06 May 17||The Wardrobe||Leeds, UK|
|07 May 17||Town Hall||Masham, UK|
|09 May 17||Gullivers||Manchester, UK|
|10 May 17||Bodega||Nottingham, UK|
|11 May 17||Camden Assembly||London, UK|
|12 May 17||Louisiana||Bristol, UK|
|13 May 17||Clwb Ifor Bach||Cardiff, UK|
|08 Jul 17||Mouth Of The Tyne Festival||Tynemouth, UK|
|23 Jul 17||Tramlines Festival||Sheffield, UK|
|19 Aug 17||Hardwick Live Festival||County Durham, UK|